Elan Insomnia Fusion (2016)

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Rating: 2.56 / 5
Price: $1050.00
Year: 2016
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 73
Tip/Tail/Waist: 121-73-104
Lengths: 152,158,164,170

Stability at speed: 2.98 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.27 / 5
Crud performance: 2.28 / 5
Flotation: 1.70 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.42 / 5
Overall: 2.56 / 5

The Insomnia is a race-style, carving-focused ski intended for expert women skiers. It has a versatile, 12.2 - 15.8 m radius range (depending on length) and a skinny, 73 mm waist. It's also packed with technology. Amphibio technology optimizes skis to be right- and left-foot specific, designed so that they'll always be edgier on the outside/downhill ski, where power and solidity is most needed, looser and easier to feather on the inside ski, for easy line adjustment. The inside edge of each ski is fully cambered, for maximum effective edge length when it's the outside ski in a turn. The outside edge is tip-rockered, so it's more buoyant and easier to pivot, with a shorter effective edge, when it's the inside ski. RST sidewall technology orients sidewalls vertically, designed to allow the ski to roll up on edge with ease. Trulite Woodcore, a women's-specific core, is comprised of a variety of lightweight wood layered throughout the ski, designed to increase playfulness and maneuverability. Dual Shaped Ti technology integrates a layer of titanium designed to stiffen the ski while reducing weight by replacing other bulkier materials. One section of the titanium is intended for snapping quick turns with the front of the ski, while the other is designed for a smooth and less hooky exit out of the turn with the back of the ski. For something similar in the All Mountain Women series, check out the Speed Magic and the Inspire. The All Mountain Women series is made up of 12 models with a variety of purposes. Some are more carving-focused, some are more off-piste-focused, but they all share an overarching intention to ski well thanks to a plethora of technology Elan has developed over the years. Elan, based in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, was founded in 1945. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.